WHEN HAVING AN STI DIDN’T MEAN A TRIP TO YOUR LOCAL GP
Subaru Tecnica International (STI) was formed in 1988 to look after all of the motor sport and rally activities for the Subaru brand. This included taking a leading hand in the development of the first-generation turbocharged Legacy. As the direction of rally cars changed, STI teamed up with British rally and motor sport specialists Prodrive in the UK. Together, STI and Prodrive took the compact Impreza shell and turned it into a monster. Subaru introduced the WRX at the 1993 1000 Lakes Rally, immediately achieving a podium on its debut. In 1994, the 555 rally car was introduced. The 555 became known simply as the ‘STI’ and featured more playful suspension that could take on more aggressive potholes and jumps, as well as a shorter throw in the gearbox, culminating in three WRC Constructors’ Championships.